ERIC Number: ED176304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Bilingual/Bicultural Education on English Education.
Gebhard, Ann O.
The impact of bilingual/bicultural instruction on English education could be a lessening of low success, undifferentiated teaching. The demand for accommodation of cultural pluralism in the classroom could result in training practices and attitudinal growth that will produce the kind of positive individualization in school practice that will benefit all children. Federally inspired bilingual/bicultural mandates prompt state certification requirements that will introduce linguistically trained and sensitive personnel into the nation's schools. The social reality of classrooms in the United States indicates that many English teachers are or should be teachers of English as a second language/dialect. Professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English have historically supported the recognition of linguistic diversity in the classroom. Teaching English as a second language strategies that can be useful include: an eclectic approach to grammar teaching, insights into the role of syntax in comprehension, controlled composition techniques for writing, and attitudinal changes brought by an understanding of the culture of the child. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education and the Secondary School English Conference (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 15-18, 1979)